4 Critical Skills to Make a Difference in Your Career

Brad Egeland

​ Back in 1991, while toiling away as an Aerospace Engineer, I found this book called “Do What You Are, Discover the Perfect Career for You.”

System Engineering FAQ

Musings on Project Management

Here's my FAQ I used when I was a Director for systems engineering for an aerospace and communications firm (And, I tried to make this not to stuffy!) A lot of PMs know they need systems engineering, or think they might, but aren't sure who these folks are or what they do. What is this thing called system engineering? What is system engineering? Here's the way NASA defines it: " system engineering

How Did I Find My Calling to Help People Make a Bigger Difference by Doing Their Projects Better?

Brad Egeland

By the time I was a junior, there were five of us in college and I was fortunate to get a full Air Force scholarship to study Aerospace Engineering at Syracuse University. By Michelle LaBrosse, CCPM, CAL, CPD, PMP, RYT - founder and CEO of Cheetah Learning I came from a large family – my parents had six children in eight years and I was number four Both my parents were public school teachers so we were encouraged to go to college.

PM's FAQ about System Engineering

Musings on Project Management

Here's my FAQ I used when I was a Director for systems engineering for an aerospace and communications firm (And, I tried to make this not too stuffy!) A lot of PMs know they need systems engineering, or think they might, but aren't sure who these folks are or what they do. What is this thing called system engineering? What is system engineering? Here's the way NASA defines it: " system engineering

[Customer Spotlight] – Triumph Group Leverage BrightWork for Project Maturity

Brightwork

Company Overview Founded in 1993, Triumph Group is a global leader in aerospace manufacturing and overhauling aerospace structures, systems, and components. Triumph participates at all levels of the aerospace supply chain – from single components to complex systems, aerospace structures to maintenance, overhaul and repair services.

Project Management Lessons from Mavenlink CEO Ray Grainger

MavenLink

In my case, it was in the aerospace and defense industry. This technology supported a broad range of planning and execution in manufacturing in the aerospace and defense industries. Harpham: Was that your first exposure to the aerospace industry?

How to Make it Your Habit to Finish What You Start

Brad Egeland

Prior to starting Cheetah Learning in 1999, founder and CEO Michelle LaBrosse was a Research Scientist in Aerospace Engineering. When you practice finishing EVERYTHING you start, a couple things happen: This will become your habit. You will be far less stressed as you won't have so many things you must do hanging over your head. You will get super efficient. You will pursue much better opportunities. You will become more confident in your ability to achieve your goals.

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Ranking the Most (and Least) Productive Industries

amium

Industries producing complicated physical goods like Aerospace & Defense and Technology Hardware, also take a long time for work to be completed. Industries like Metals and Mining, Technology Hardware, and Aerospace & Defense have work that takes a long time to complete.

APM Salary and Market Trends Survey 2017 – A Review

Arras People

With the APM (Association for Project Management) releasing their latest research report APM Salary and Market Trends Survey 2017 I took some time out to see what they have to report and how this stacks up against our own Arras People 2017 PMBR (Project Management Benchmark Report).

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Ranking the Most (and Least) Productive Industries

amium

Industries producing complicated physical goods like Aerospace & Defense and Technology Hardware, also take a long time for work to be completed. Industries like Metals and Mining, Technology Hardware, and Aerospace & Defense have work that takes a long time to complete.

APM Salary and Market Trends Survey 2017 – A Review

Arras People

With the APM (Association for Project Management) releasing their latest research report APM Salary and Market Trends Survey 2017 I took some time out to see what they have to report and how this stacks up against our own Arras People 2017 PMBR (Project Management Benchmark Report).

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The Calm Before the Project Management Storm

Arras People

About Steve: Steve Wake has worked in the print, automotive, aerospace, defence, insurance and IT industries as a project manager and consultant. There comes a time when you’ve been working in and around project management for a while and you take a sit back and just reflect for a while.

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Steve Wake: Reflections on EVA, Silence and To Do Lists

Girl's Guide to PM

About Steve: Steve Wake has worked in the print, automotive, aerospace, defence, insurance and IT industries as a project manager and consultant. . Today I give the floor to Steve Wake, the man behind #EVA21 , the conference so cool it is known only by its hashtag*.

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Project Management, Performance Measures, and Statistical Decision Making

Herding Cats

There is a current rash of suggestions on how to improve the performance of software projects. Each of these, while well meaning, are missing the means to confirm their credibility.

Process Reduces Agility? Only on De Minimis Projects

Herding Cats

Agile for Aerospace Andrew Buter, Curt Stienstra, Steven H. A popular toss off aphrase in some agile circles is process reduces agility. This is course is stated in the absence of any domain or context.

Increasing the Probability of Program Success

Herding Cats

The origins of this paper came about at a recent JSCC meeting here in Boulder, with local Aerospace contractors, the DCMA (Defense Contract Management Agency) and several government agencies (NRO and NASA).

A New Way to Recognize the Achievements of Project Managers

The IIL Blog

Years ago, many aerospace and defense industry projects were managed using war rooms. By Harold Kerzner, Ph.D. Senior Executive Director for Project Management, IIL.

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22 Manufacturing Conferences to Attend in 2018

Appfluence

AeroDef Manufacturing® is the leading exposition and technical conference for the aerospace and defense manufacturing industry. Looking to add manufacturing conferences to attend in 2018 to next year’s schedule? This article includes a wide assortment of manufacturing events that will meet your interests. . When working in an industry like manufacturing, obtaining more knowledge is paramount. Learning is ongoing; no matter how successful you are, there is always more learning to go.

Best project management software

Binfire

Projects in aerospace. What is the best project management software for your team and your project? Is there a project management app that fits everybody’s requirements?

6 Top Project Management Books for Engineers and Manufacturers

LiquidPlanner

The book covers a wide array of industries, including medical and pharmaceutical, aerospace, manufacturing, and more. While engineers learn a lot of valuable skills in school, project management isn’t always one of them.

The Problems with Schedules

Herding Cats

NRO Cost Group Risk Process, Aerospace Corporation, 2003. Here's an article, recently referenced by a #NoEstimates twitter post.

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How Project Management Tackles Supply Chain Complexity

LiquidPlanner

Supply chains continue to increase in complexity. I’ve observed this firsthand from managing hundreds of projects in manufacturing organizations over the last 25 years, including navigating end-to-end supply chain.

Managing in Presence of Uncertainty

Herding Cats

Let's say you're the project or program manager of a large complex system. Maybe an aircraft, or a building, or an ERP system deployment. Your project is valued in the 100's of millions of dollars. Or say your project is s simple straight forward set of activities.

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Monte Carlo Simulation

Herding Cats

When we connect cost and schedule for our project and construct a model of how these interact, we get a picture that looks like this: This picture is from the National Reconnaissance Office, Cost Group Risk Process , Tim Anderson, The Aerospace Corporation, 2003. . There was a tweet yesterday. In casinos, the betting rules ensure the house wins (Eliminates Risk) over time. This of course is not true, nor is it how casinos work. Let's start with a brief overview of Monte Carlo Simulation.

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5 Ways Project Management and Lean Manufacturing Speed Up Processes

LiquidPlanner

For example, an aerospace manufacturer client I worked with had lead times of 6 -13 weeks involving several operations. Lean manufacturing has become a popular way to eliminate waste, reduce costs and improve efficiencies. This philosophy originated, largely, at Toyota and is used to better align customer needs with manufacturing operations.

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Estimating is a Learned Skill

Herding Cats

Estimating is a learned skill, used for any purpose from every-day life to management of projects. When I left for the airport this morning to catch my flight to a customer site I estimated, given the conditions, how much time I need to get to my favorite parking spot at DIA. When I landed in Boston, I asked the taxi driver how long it will take to get back to the airport on Wednesday at 3:00PM. He knew that answer.